Denzel Washington is one of Hollywood's hottest leading actor as well as a man, who has shown his class from 'Training Day' to 'Courage under fire'. He has remarkably brought out the true colors of every personality or character that he has played till date whether it is in a socially conscious drama, a thriller or a comedy. Washington was born in Mount Vernon, New York on December 28, 1954 and his parents have shaped his early ambition to enter the show business. He inherited the power of performance from his minister father.
After his parents divorced, Washington attended Fordham University and graduated with B.A. in Journalism in 1977. After graduation, he went to San Francisco, and won a scholarship to the American Conservatory Theatre. This is when he began acting in various television movies and his film debut came in 1981 with 'Carbon Copy'. Hollywood Calling
He has always been compared to Sidney Poitier for his ability to enthrall a multiracial audience, and played the role of Dr. Phillip Chandler, an insecure young resident, on the popular medical drama 'St. Elsewhere'. After 'Carbon Copy' in 1981, Washington reprised his stage role in Norman Jewison's film 'A Soldier's Story' in 1984. After a gap of two years, he came with Sidney Lumet's 'Power' (1986), and in 1987 with 'Cry Freedom,' he got his first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In the following year, Washington starred as the feature lead in the British thriller 'For Queen and Country'.
In 1989, he delivered an Oscar-winning supporting portrayal defiant slave turned soldier in 'Glory'. His 1991 film 'Ricochet' failed to appeal to the critics as well as the audience and followed it with 'Mississippi Masala' in 1992.
He teamed up with Lee and shot for 'Malcolm X' in 1992 and gave a Oscar-nominated lead performance. From the role of an activist, he shifted to Shakespeare and took the role of Don Pedro in Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of 'Much Ado About Nothing'. Next in line was 'The Pelican Brief' opposite Julia Roberts and in 1993 came in the box office hit called 'Philadelphia' with Tom Hanks.
In 1995, Washington starred opposite veteran Gene Hackman in 'Crimson Tide' followed by 'Virtuosity'. He silenced his critics with a strong performance 'Courage Under Fire' (1996), and followed it with singer-turned-actress Whitney Houston in 'The Preacher's Wife' (1996).
Looking for something different got Washington the role of demon-busting policeman in 'Fallen,' and teamed again with Lee for the ambitious, flawed 'He Got Game'. 1999 saw him as a paralyzed protagonist in the thriller 'The Bone Collector' along with Angelina Jolie. He re-teamed with Jewison for 'The Hurricane,' to play the unjustly imprisoned Ruben "Hurricane" Carter. The next year, 'Remember the Titans' was shown with Washington playing the role of a high school football coach. 'Training Day,' one of his most acclaimed movies came out in 2001 and became a cult hit.Trivia
Denzel revealed in January 2007 that he turned down the lead role in 'Love Field' with Michelle Pfeiffer after finding the script to be racist.
Denzel is the first African-American to win two Academy Awards.Achievements
Denzel Washington won two Academy awards for Best Supporting Actor (Glory, 1999) and Best Actor (Training Day, 2001).
He won the Silver Bear for Best Actor (Hurricane, 1999) in 2000 at the Berlin International Film Festival.
He also won the Golden Globe as the Best Actor in 'Hurricane'.Past Projects
The Great Debaters.... Mel Tolson
American Gangster.... Frank Lucas
Deja Vu .... Doug Carlin
Inside Man.... Detective Keith Frazier
The Manchurian Candidate.... Ben Marco
Man on Fire.... Creasy
Out of Time.... Matthias Lee Whitlock
Antwone Fisher.... Dr. Jerome Davenport
John Q.... John Quincy Archibald
Training Day.... Alonzo
Remember the Titans.... Coach Herman Boone
The Hurricane.... Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter
The Bone Collector.... Lincoln Rhyme
The Siege.... Anthony 'Hub' Hubbard
He Got Game.... Jake Shuttlesworth
Fallen.... Det. John Hobbes
Courage Under Fire.... Lt. Colonel Nathaniel Serling
Philadelphia.... Joe Miller
The Pelican Brief.... Gray Grantham
Much Ado About Nothing.... Don Pedro of Aragon
Malcolm X.... Malcolm X Denzel Washington was born in Mount Vernon, New York on December 28, 1954.Name:
Denzel Hayes Washington Jr.Date of Birth:
December 28th 1954Height:
6' 0" (1.84 m)Talent Agency:
International Creative Management (ICM)
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